M. Cristina Velazquez

M. Cristina Velazquez

Professional School Counselor


To obtain a School Guidance Counselor position that will offer me the opportunity to utilize my education and work experience to assist and guide students with their academics, personal growth and development.

Work History

Work History
Aug 2013 - Present

School Counselor 

Rochester Community High School

  • Advise 290 students grades 9-12 on course selection, diploma attainment and post-secondary planning.
  • Coordinate dual credit program with Ivy Tech, Vincennes, Purdue, and Indiana University
  • Manage scholarship application and advertisement initiatives
  • Coordinate Accuplacer Diagnostic and Placement testing
  • Counsel students and families in need of personal counseling and assistance
  • Prepare and instruct guidance lessons on college admission, career interest, and personal character
  • Coordinate high school honor night program
  • Create and communicate senior newsletter to all stakeholders
  • Administer PSAT, SAT and AP certification exams
  • Utilize multiple software programs including Office, Harmony, SIS, et al
  • Advocate student, parent, and teacher concerns with administration
  • Counsel students in personal/social needs
Nov 2011 - Dec 2012

Student Support Coordinator, City Connects

Boston College -CCNX
  • Establish and lead a Student Support team and process in the school that identifies and responds to the strengths and personal developmental needs of each and every child in the school. 
  • Connect students to a range of prevention, early intervention and intensive services programs that address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social development of each student. 
  • Develop and enhance community partnerships with varied community agencies to meet the identified needs of students, families, and the school. 
  • Collaborate with school staff, including classroom teachers, to implement the City Connects model. 
  • Promote the City Connects model of student support to the school community, families and community agencies. 
  • Engage families and caregivers in understanding and supporting the education of their children and the ways in which academic outcomes are enhanced by serving the social / emotional and personal development needs of the child. 
  • Collect data on the implementation of the model and the delivery of services 
  • Participate in weekly professional development sessions to implement the City Connects model
  • Monitor summer program placements for students, organize student records, continue to develop community partnerships, and outreach to families.
  • Facilitate small social skills groups when necessary.
Aug 2006 - Jun 2011

Guidance Counselor

North Side Middle School
  • Counsel students in grades 7 and 8 using cognitive behavioral, reality and person-centered approaches to address depression, assertiveness issues, self-esteem, poor academic performance, classroom behavior concerns, retention, and short-term crisis situations. 
  • Work closely with teachers, administrators, school psychologist, and student support staff in instituting best practices on behalf of all students.
  • Assist with the design of a master schedule for staff and students in addition to the enrollment process. Create schedules for individual students in the scheduling database and manage the data as needed throughout the school year. Ensure students are enrolled in the correct classes.
  • Communicate with parents by scheduling meetings to discuss student progress and provide information, suggestions, and outside resources.
  • Assist and support teachers in the development, implementation and disaggregation of assessment data to improve student achievement as Test Coordinator for the building.
  • Plan and conduct special events such as "Career Day," "Mix it up Day" and “6th grade Orientation”.
  • Participate in weekly school leadership team meetings to collaborate on school-wide initiatives such as student scheduling, school open house, student mentoring programs and progress reports.
  • Frequently partake in IEP and school support team processes; consult regularly with parents, teachers and administrators regarding student academic, behavioral and social concerns; familiarize self with disability law/regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 to gain an understanding of their implications related to the school setting.
  • Supervise students in an after-school academic assistance program (Z.A.P.) to help students to understand the importance and connection of work ethic and achievement. This program allowed students the opportunity to complete assignments they have missed in any of their classes.
  • Assist with the registration of new students, including requesting and sending student records, setting up cumulative folders, and entering student data into appropriate databases or computer programs.
  • Record student information, including test scores and final grades, on permanent records.
Aug 2005 - May 2006

School Counselor Intern

Elkhart Community Schools
  • Conducted individual counseling sessions with elementary, middle and high school students. Met with students weekly to discuss social, academic, and family concerns as well as other issues that interfere with their learning process.
  • Worked closely with teachers, administrators, behavioral specialist, and speech pathologist in instituting best practices on behalf of students.Consulted with these colleagues regarding student behavior and suggested modification plans.
  • Presented guidance lessons on subjects such as bullying, conflict resolution, career education and self-awareness including “Too Good for Drugs” curriculum to 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students.
  • Designed and conducted small groups with topics such as self-esteem, peer pressure, substance abuse and conflict resolution. Planned and facilitated group counseling in social skills, friendship, anger management, study skills for Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders.
  • Assisted with peer mediation training for 4th and 5th graders.
Oct 2003 - Aug 2005

Case Manager

Madison Center & Hospital
  • Facilitated client access to community resources, including but not limited to: recreational activities, housing, food, clothing, school programs, vocational opportunities or services, providers to teach life skills, and relevant mental health services. Assisted client in developing natural skills and making contact with social support networks.
  • Supported clients in developing goals in areas of need and assisted in developing and assessing treatment plans; conducted medication and mental status assessment and determined required level and frequency of services.Maintained records current with policies and procedures, diagnosis, treatment plan and progress and other appropriate documentation.


Dec 1998 - Present

Undergraduate Program

Santa Barbara City College
May 2002 - Present

Bachelor of Arts

Indiana University South Bend
May 2006

Master of Science in Education

Indiana University South Bend

CACREP accredited program that meets the requirements for  K-12 school counselor certification.



Fluent in Spanish and English

¨      Education Data Management Systems (STI and Powerschool software). ¨      Project Management and Consultation ¨      Professional Presentations ¨      Word, Excel, Power Point, and other Microsoft tools


Feb 2011 - Feb 2021

Professional Educator's License

State of Indiana